Clinicians facing the challenge of disclosing the diagnosis of ASD Level 1 to a child or teen often struggle to determine whether or not this would benefit the patient and how best to do it. Considerations include when and what to disclose as well as effects of disclosure. Both parents and patients need help in processing this diagnosis, which can be seen as overwhelming and life changing.
- Examine the considerations of disclosing an ASD diagnosis to children and adolescents.
- Demonstrate effective and age-appropriate disclosure practices when working with ASD diagnosed children and adolescents.
Eckerd, M. (2019). Disclosure of ASD diagnosis to children and adolescents. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 45, 17–22.